One of the first things successful people tell you about weight loss and overcoming eating disorders is that it is not easy. I wish I could tell you that losing weight and overcoming eating disorders will be a breeze once you start to obey God's command to eat and drink for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), but I cannot lie to you. It will not be a cakewalk, so to speak. However, I can tell you that it will be easier. Before you aligned yourself to God's will, you were in the battle alone fighting with ineffective, carnal weapons. Now you are a Christian warrior wearing and wielding the full armor of God on the battlefield, but that is not the only thing that makes it easier.
It is easier because Jesus removed the yoke of bondage to gluttony and making idols of food and your stomach when you repented of those sins. It is the same with eating disorders when you stop giving in to your triggers and honor God with your body by eating and drinking for His glory. The weight of those sins was heavier than the excess weight you have been carrying physically and the mental and emotional baggage that left you in deep despair. Consequently, the removal of those sins leaves you feeling lighter even though you may not have lost a pound. Both your body and your spirit are relieved and happy to be set free!
Another reason why it is easier is that you now realize you were looking for comfort and love in the wrong places. Many people eat in response to the negative circumstances which occur in their lives, and chances are you were one of those individuals. However, now that you have renounced the false gods of food, beverages, and your stomach, you have come to receive true comfort from the God who Comforts all who believe in Jesus Christ. Experience proves that the Holy Spirit's comfort is incomparable to anything else on earth, including food and beverages. As a result, you can testify that the joy of the Lord truly is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Most importantly, it is easier to lose weight and be free of eating disorders through Christ because the void that was usually left when you attempted to diet on your own is no longer an empty bottomless pit demanding to be filled with whatever your weak will craves. Likewise, the pull of the triggers dragging you backwards toward eating disorders lessens over time. This occurs because the Holy Spirit now resides in and completely fills the once empty space your dysfunctional eating habits used to occupy. He brings with Him wisdom to see obesity and eating disorders from a spiritual perspective, discernment of enemy attacks designed to make you return to your former, unhealthy habits, and power to not only stand firm against the opposition but to also defeat the enemy by resisting the temptations you used to so easily succumb to.
If you want God to make your health and fitness journey easier through Christ so you can finally obtain permanent and sustained victory over obesity and eating disorders, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on iTunes, Spotify, the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!
Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.